Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thank God for Who and What He Is!

Many proclamations of thanks often take place after a great tragedy or disaster. In both Jamestown and Plymouth a special day of thanksgiving and prayer was held after most of the inhabitants had already died! Why? Because it is at these times that we humans realize how puny we are and how great and powerful God is; how evil and sinful we are, and how wise and merciful God is.

So, we often thank God that things were not a lot worse. But, imagine having another god like Baal or Odin or Shiva, or other false and non-existence idols like those of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. These are gods who can’t do miracles. These are gods who lie, cheat, steal, murder and rape, who are vain and weak. They are gods who are shifting as sand, without honor, unworthy of respect. They are gods who are deaf, blind, asleep, gone, and dead. In other words, they don't even exist!

Ours is the only true God who is always constant, faithful, powerful, kind, loving, giving, and wise. He applies His Son’s death to our sins. He gives us faith and then accepts us because of that faith. He welcomes us with open arms into His eternal family. He rules all things to create, strengthen, and preserve our faith. He works tirelessly to bring us safely to heaven forever. This is the one and only God Who was and is and always will be. We thank Him for being Who and what He is! That’s the best Thanksgiving!

Pastor Spencer


Anonymous said...

The notion that things of this nature are better expressed, written, and discussed in the blogosphere as opposed to in person falsifies your stated attempts at unifying the WELS. When was the last time you had a parent-teacher conference via phone or email?


Mark Wallace

Rev. Paul A. Rydecki said...

Things of this nature? I don't know what you mean. Giving thanks to our God? What is it that you find inappropriate?

Intrepid Lutherans said...


Unlike most WELS Pastors, I taught public middle school for five years, and did, as a matter of fact, hold a number of parent-teacher conferences by phone, and found that it worked just fine.

In addition, the old saying that "writing makes an exact man," is very true, especially when it comes to important matters such as theology.

Thus, you are wrong on two counts, and we indeed are not in any way proven "false."

If you and others in WELS do not wish to participate in discussions on Intrepid Lutherans, that is your right and privilege.

But should you desire to do so in the future you are always welcome!

Take care and God bless!

Pastor Spencer

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